Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Joe Hams It Up

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Joe Hams It Up

Melissa dishes on her fan-filled photo shoot and Joe's Sizzle Tan billboard.

Hi everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your last month of summer! It’s going by so fast. I've been spending a lot of time down the shore with the kids and Joe. This is my favorite time of year. I just want to remind everyone that the boardwalk is open and the Jersey shore is back in business. Please get down there before the summer is over and support the local businesses! Get to the beach, restaurants, and have a cheese steak. Joe and I have been making memories down there all summer with kids, and it’s the best! Tweet me pics if you go!
 
How amazing is it to see our whole family together? The kids running up to each other puts a huge smile on my face. It’s such a beautiful thing to be able to have Sunday dinners together and really enjoy one another's company. Antonia and Milania are priceless together! That’s all I ever wanted; just to see the kids happy and see Joe and Teresa happy and be able to have all our children at one dinner table.

The Sizzle Tan photo shoot was hysterical! Joe is such a HAM! He loves himself, LOL… I can't take him with the pecs and the pushups! How about that hottie he was with? OMG if that was me, I would never hear the end of it. And to top it all off, he stole my line and said it wrong! The correct saying is, "Why are you gonna go out for a burger when you have filet mignon at home?" Where the hell did he get hot dog from?! Anyway, it made me laugh and he looks great on that billboard! I'm definitely a lucky gal. Things had been good with Teresa and I, so I decided to pass on doing the billboard with him. I really wasn't sure if she would even care or not, but things were so fresh and just getting better that I was absolutely not going to take any chances! I think they both looked great doing it!
 
As far as the situation with Jacqueline and Teresa goes, they have been friends for a long time and you can tell they don’t want to let go of their friendship. I don’t want to get involved in their relationship, but I will say that the reason Teresa and Joe didn't speak for over a year had nothing to do with Jacqueline. It was so beyond that. I know Teresa knows that, and I know that Jacqueline was extremely frustrated getting the blame. That’s a huge weight to put on someone’s shoulders. Let’s see if those two can work it out!
I loved going out with Rosie and the gang. We had so much fun that night! I was hysterical watching her talk to Ellen. She kept going on and on. You have to admit, Rosie makes for some great TV! Her nerves were making me laugh, it was so cute! How did you like my rapping skills?! Ha! You didn't know I had that in me, did you? When things are good with family and I see my husband happy, I'm able to just relax and be me. I always try to see the best in everyone and just have a good time. You only live once and I believe the more the merrier and the happier the better! YOLO!
I'm so happy you got to see my photo shoot for Love Italian Style! More fan, more fan!!! Of course you heard me every time I said the word fan! The fan just makes everything better. I swear! It was a long day and long shoot, and the shot I thought was going to be the cover is! Check it out on my website melissagorga.com and be sure to pre-order Love Italian Style! I'm proud of this book and know you are going to love it!
 
Thank you for always supporting our family through the good times and bad. What you’re watching now is good, and I smiled the whole time I watched this episode!
 
Check out my NY/NJ/CT book signings on my website. I have signings throughout the tri-state area in September and more dates and areas are coming soon!
 
Love to all of you.
xoxo,
Melissa

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.